Ford unveiled today the ultimate Ford Mustang: behold the 2013 Shelby GT500. Set to go on sale next year, the 2013 Shelby GT500 is powered by an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 650 hp and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. With these numbers, Ford claims that this is the most powerful production V8 engine in the world.
Regarding the performances, the American manufacturer didn’t give us any details but said that the top speed of the 2013 Shelby GT500 is more than 200 mph. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and Ford says that the final drive ratio is now 3.31:1 for optimized overall vehicle gearing to complement the massive torque.
Every gear besides fourth was optimized for competing performance metrics. The clutch has increased torque and rpm capacity and uses a dual-disc design. Other improvements for the 2013 model year are the Torsen limited-slip differential that helps the rear suspension to deliver maximum torque and traction, a new launch control system that allows drivers to set the desired launch rpm depending on tire temperature, street surface or other conditions and a new Brembo braking system that offers enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, both on the road and the track.
Regarding the aerodynamics, the front fascia and splitters were modified in order to support the enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, both on the road and the track. According to Ford, the 2013 Shelby GT500 offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model. The 2013 Shelby GT500 offers two new sets of forged-aluminum wheels including a unique wheel for cars with the optional packages.
Ford also offers the Performance Package with an additional Track Package for all-out performance for those who want even more and this option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability.
2013 Shelby GT500 has undergone a design makeover. It now features new and unique lighting highlighted by two LED bars at both front and rear ends. The overall look is also more refined, in part because of the body-colour rocker panels. At the tail end, a new, glossy black panel is set between the rear lamps, while the diffuser features a new quad-tip tailpipe.
There are two new forged-aluminium wheel set options for the new GT500. One of these is exclusive for versions with optional packages. The sets consist of 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels fitted with Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tyres on all configurations.
With a redesigned spoke pattern and new dark finish, the wheels have a more menacing look, but they are also being vastly lightweight.
As a tribute to SVT’s 20th anniversary, extensive interior and exterior badging will be used to commemorate the history of performance vehicles. SVT was officially launched at the 1992 Chicago Auto Show when the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning were introduced. The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra was powered by a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, illustrating the products’ significant strides in the last 20 years.
Substantial aerodynamic improvements have been done to optimise the downforce on the Shelby GT500 and maintain performance capabilities regardless of speed. Engineers relied on high-tech computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to accurately gauge air flow and enhance cooling. They succeeded in producing a car with stable and secure traction even at great speeds.
Certain style updates featured on the Shelby GT500 have a clear functional basis, e.g. the new front splitter and black upper and lower grille inserts which expose the radiator and facilitate air funnelling as well as provide cooling for the car’s internals. The new splitter is larger, contributing more downforce at high velocities.
The engineers were challenged to meet seemingly disparate goals of high speeds, racetrack performance, cooling and fuel efficiency, and were determined not to make compromises. In particular, lift reduction was achieved by redesigning the front upper and lower grilles, developing an integrated air dam and placing a high Gurney flap at the rear.